Germany Demands Inquiry Into MSF Hospital Bombing in Yemen by Riyadh

People look at a crater caused by a Saudi-led coalition air strike at the yard of a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Abs district of Hajja province, Yemen

 

Germany expects an investigation to be launched into the recent bombing of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in northern Yemen that killed 14 people, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said Wednesday.

MOSCOW   A Saudi airstrike on the MSF-run hospital was the fourth attack on its medical facility since the start of this year, the charity said. The bombing killed an MSF aid worker and 13 patients on Monday and wounded more than 20.

“We demand a prompt investigation into the incident,” the spokeswoman said, adding the German government believed there could be no military solution to the conflict between the government and Shiite opposition.

“The warring parties must hurry and get back to the negotiating process under the UN aegis and refrain from taking measures that can obstruct talks,” she concluded.A Saudi-led coalition of mainly Sunni Arab states has launched airstrikes in Yemen since March 2015 to counter advances by Houthi rebels, who have been fighting against UN-backed President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for the past two years.

MSF Claims It Shared Yemeni Hospital Coordinates With Saudi-Led Coalition

MSF medical personnel treat civilians injured after the US military bombed an Afghan hospital in Kunduz.

 

Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, repeatedly shared the coordinates of a hospital in Yemen with all parties in the conflict in in that country prior to the medical facility being hit by a Saudi-led coalition airstrike on Monday, the organization said on its official Twitter account.

WASHINGTON             Earlier in the day, an airstrike carried out by the Saudi-led coalition partially destroyed an MSF-supported hospital in Hajjah, Yemen. The blast killed nine people, including an MSF staff member, and two more patients died while being transported to Al Jamhouri hospital, according to the MSF.

The hospital had a 14-bed emergency room, a maternity ward and a surgery unit, it noted.

Yemen has been gripped in a conflict between the government and the Houthi rebel movement since 2014.

The Saudi-led coalition of mostly Persian Gulf countries has been carrying out airstrikes against the Houthis at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi since March 2015.

The United Nations has recorded well over 3,200 civilian deaths in the conflict, 60 percent of which it has attributed to the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes.